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  • Hardcover: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate; New edition edition (28 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409463818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409463818
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,921,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The art of our age is by no means as secular as some think, and in this fascinating and finely documented study, Richard Harries traces some of the ways in which the image of Christ has tunnelled its way back into the central territory of the imagination in the work of some surprising modern artists. A fascinating and fresh survey.'Rowan Williams, Magdalene College, Cambridge, UK'This is a finely written, important and original take on the art of the last hundred years. Richard Harries faces the difficulty that modern artists have had in representing Christ in a largely secular and indifferent world. He calls up as witnesses artists such as Rouault, David Jones, Elizabeth Frink, John Piper and many others who make his point that Christ still lives on, and dynamically, in modern art. His argument is bold and completely convincing.'Melvyn Bragg, writer and broadcaster'Until fairly recently, modern art used to be discussed primarily in terms of its formal challenge and its rupturing of traditional habits and expectation. Today, we bring to this art a wider embrace, owing to the many perspectives from which it is now viewed. It is especially interesting to see what happens when a theological lens is held over modern painting and sculpture, as happens here. Richard Harries is an authoritative voice on the relationship between theology and the arts, and he is a brisk, compelling guide to Christian iconography in art. He focuses our attention on a rich seam of imagery, sourced by many things, not least a recurrent desire to return to the old in order to make it new.'Frances Spalding, Nottingham University, UK

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Richard Harries was Bishop of Oxford from 1987-2006. On his retirement he was made a Life Peer and as Lord Harries of Pentregarth he continues to be active in the House of Lords. He is an Emeritus Gresham Professor, and a Fellow and an Honorary Professor of Theology at King's College, London. He is an Honorary Doctor of Divinity of the University of London and an Honorary Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge and of St Anne's College, Oxford. He is the author of 26 books mainly on the interface of Christian faith and the wider culture, including the arts, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is the author of The Passion in Christian Art (Ashgate, 2004). His book Art and the Beauty of God, (Continuum 2000) was chosen as a book of the year by the late Anthony Burgess in The Observer. His most recent books include The Re-enchantment of Morality (SPCK), was which was shortlisted for the 2011 Michael Ramsey prize for theological writing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marianna Lutyens on 26 Nov. 2013
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It is a well researched book, based on Richard Harris' Gresham Lectures, which were very good indeed.
I like his considered approach. Finally a book in which Modern Art is seen to have sincerity, weight and depth with the image of Christ as a centrepoint.
I recommend it.
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Outstanding breadth of insight, fusing empathy with the spiritual and appreciation of beauty in writing and all the visual arts.
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A relatively expensive paperback which is well worth the price. Very good illustrations of contemporary art which introduced me to new artists as well as commenting familiar works. Richard Harries has a wide knowledge of his subject and clearly loves it.
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Badly presented, cheap bendy book full of publishing errors, a real disappointment considering the price. Lord Harries views on art are interesting but rather narrow and sort of two dimensional overall
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Beautifully produced and although very scholary eminently readable, bringing the wide ranging illustrations to life. Used this as my Lent reading book and have recommended it to friends.
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